Although it is a popular tourist destination in its own right, Chaguanas does not offer the same public transportation system as the even busier Port of Spain does. For this reason, those who decide to stay in this city will often be urged to rent a car or their every day sightseeing needs.
When you rent a car in Chaguanas, you'll be doing so from a locally owned establishment thanks to the fact that none of the large international chains have franchises here. Most people are able to do so with ease, but it is still a good idea to make sure to look over the rental agreement and insurance policy to be sure you are aware of local policies. For example, you'll have to be over the age of 25 and have two years of driving experience under your belt before most places will rent to you. If you're from the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany, or the Bahamas, a valid driver's license from your home country is fine, but anyone else will need an international driver's permit.
While you should always air on the side of caution and reserve your rental in advance of your trip, this is an especially good policy during Carnival season when agencies are known to run out of vehicles.
Check the following table for several of the rental agencies in this area.
|Budget POS||(868) 669-1635||Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|(868) 800-3131||Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|(868) 679-2886||Southern Main Rd Couva - Mac Bean|
|(868) 684-6711||123 Bejucal Road - Chaguanas|
|Xtra Lease & Rental Company Ltd||(868) 355-0812||1B Marajh Drive - Chaguanas|
During the off-season, you may be able to find the most basic rental model for $35(USD) a day, but you may also find yourself spending up to $100(USD) a day during the height of tourist season if you choose to rent a van. Somewhere in that range of $35 to $100(USD) is what you can expect to spend a day for unlimited mileage. The cost of gas is not included in this price, nor is a deposit which could cost up to $500(USD).
Individual companies will sometimes charge widely different rates so it can pay to get prices from several places. The lowest rates displayed are typically only available from the lowest cost firms during the off season. The high rates are what you can expect at one of the busiest firms during the peak season.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 37.50||$ 75.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 50.00||$ 90.00|
|Light SUV||$ 82.00||$ 135.00|
|Mini Van||$ 85.00||$ 152.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 90.00||$ 125.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 225.00||$ 487.50|
|Mid Size Car||$ 295.00||$ 585.00|
|Light SUV||$ 492.00||$ 878.00|
|Mini Van||$ 510.00||$ 988.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 540.00||$ 812.00|
Over-all, the island of Trinidad has a fairly well-maintained road system which includes a collection of highways connecting major cities and towns, as well as paved rural roads. There are some places where you may encounter potholes in Chaguanas, but for the most part you'll find the roads to be similar to that of a city in the United States.
One area in which they differ is that drivers stay on the left side of the road instead of the right. This could take some getting used to, especially if you happen to get a rental vehicle where the steering wheel is also on the left side.
Gas stations can usually be found at major intersections for about TT 5.75 litre, though the price fluctuates daily. Make sure to gas up before you head out on a sightseeing trip because you never know when you'll head down a long road with no gas stations to be found.
Take a look at the table that follows that will show you the handful of refueling options in this general area.
|Southern Main Road and Chin Chin Road - 3.2 mi. (5.2 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|Eastern Main Road next to University of the West Indies - St. Augustine|
|Intersection of Old Southern Road and Southern Road - Montrose|
|B.W.I.A Boulevard - 7.4 mi. (11.9 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|Pierre Road and Caroni Savannah Road - 1.4 mi. (2.2 km) North of Chaguanas|
|Edinburg Boulevard Roundabout at Sir Solomon Highway - Montrose|
There are some places on Trinidad where renting a car is not a necessity, but Chaguanas is one of those places where previous travelers would recommend you take transportation into your own hands. Fortunately the rental process is not terribly difficult, and prices are not out of control.
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